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The Hardy Boyz were initially set to become AEW World Tag Team Champions before Jeff Hardy’s recent suspension.

This is according to Bryan Alvarez, who noted that this was very much the intention of All Elite Wrestling management before plans changed upon news of Hardy’s need for a brain scan. Speaking about it on the Brian & Vinny Show, he said;

“The idea was the Hardys were going to win the tag titles in this ladder match, that was the plan for awhile. Apparently, at the pay-per-view when the Hardys and the Bucks had their match, Jeff was not looking good. Apparently, they examined him afterwards and he was all beat up and he didn’t remember the match. Remember when Jeff got pulled over and said he was on his way to a brain scan? He was on his way to a brain scan. So, his idea was to drink whatever he drank and then drive to his brain scan. They had advertised the ladder match. He was never actually going to be in the ladder match. They were going to do the angle where he and Matt were going to be coming out for the ladder match, they were going to be jumped on the ramp and they were going to be carted off and they weren’t actually going to do the match. So, whether he had his DUI or not, Jeff was never going to do that ladder match. It was always going to be Jurassic Express vs. the Young Bucks for the tag team titles with the Young Bucks winning.”

Obviously none of the above eventually went ahead following Hardy’s latest DUI, other than the revised plot to have The Young Bucks win the belts. Jeff has no set return date yet, with AEW confirming that his comeback could only occur following the completion of treatment and maintenance of sobriety.

Matt Hardy recently spoke with The Times Record News to promote the weekend WWE live event in Wichita, TX. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Being a young fan of WWE Hall of Famer Randy Savage:

“The first guy I was a fan of was the ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. He motivated me to have a bigger persona, to project on a lot larger level. He did such great character work, but he was also phenomenal in the ring as an athlete.”

Having success with brother Jeff Hardy as The Hardys:

“My brother and I’s initial goal was to succeed and make it to the WWE and to become the WWE Tag team champions, and obviously we exceeded that in quite a healthy fashion.

“The things that allow us to have success on our own is that we both have confidence, we are both individual characters and we both know how to portray ourselves as individual characters.”

The Great War with Bray Wyatt:

“Woken Matt Hardy has something inside of me that I realize has existed for thousands of years, and there’s an entity that lies inside Bray Wyatt–Sister Abigail, who is like a demon that goes almost a thousand years back.

“Myself and what possesses Bray Wyatt have a long history, and it makes for quite an interesting tale. Quite larger than life.”

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TNA’s BROKEN Matt Hardy is currently one of the most talked about characters in the wrestling world. Matt, his feud with brother Jeff and the ‘Final Deletion’ segments in TNA have been causing a real stir over these past six or so months and WWE higher-ups have been taking notice (the ‘Delete’ chants at recent WWE events clearly haven’t been ignored).

According to the Wrestling Observer newsletter, WWE COO Triple H apparently wants Matt back in WWE once his contract expires next Spring. Hardy reportedly received feelers from Triple H/WWE through intermediaries but it remains to be seen whether or not he is interested in a return.

In TNA, Matt is given pretty much full creative control over his character and storylines and is allowed to make his own schedule. He’s a popular act on the independent circuit and does well financially out of it. Given that several former WWE stars balked at the idea of returning to WWE for the brand split due to rumoured ‘lowball’ offers, it may not be in Matt’s best interests to return.

WWE would likely want him to work a full-time schedule and would also want control over his character.

It should also be noted that Jeff Hardy’s TNA contract expires in late February and he has expressed a desire to return to WWE for one final WrestleMania match, with his dream opponent being The Undertaker.

Will we see a final Hardy Boys reunion in WWE next year? Watch this space.

WWE are considering Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy for returns. This is based off of the positive reaction to The Dudley Boyz comeback, and the lucrative business that nostalgia generates in pro wrestling. WWE are currently looking for feedback to the idea on social media.

However, there is an issue of Matt and Jeff being volatile. Both have proved unreliable in the past, especially Jeff. There’s also a long list of health problems, criminal incidents, and bad mouthing of WWE. The company would have to allow a fair bit of forgiveness, but it isn’t as if fall-outs ever got in the way of Vince McMahon doing business.

Any comeback would be as The Hardy Boyz, and would involve matches in the tag team scene. It could be fun to see The Hardy Boyz versus The Dudley Boyz again, and it would be even more fun if they went against the New Day.

Jeff as a singles star was huge in 2009 for WWE, but that career peak has long since passed. He could become a top selling merchandise name again, and have some level of singles success, but another WWE Title run is unlikely. As for Matt, his only real value is in the tag scene. He was never a star at singles level.

As noted, WWE NXT Diva Alexa Bliss recently talked to 614Columbus to promote this weekend’s NXT live event in her hometown. NXT will be at the LC Pavilion in Columbus this Saturday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Bliss talks about breaking into wrestling, her original asprirations, who she models her career after, and more. You can read a few excerpts below:

Alexa Bliss Talks NXT, Being A ‘Disney Diva’:

When I first started performing in the ring, my main goal at the time was to be the Disney Diva—the person that could be a role model to young girls that they can look up to, that they can relate to, that they would want to dress like. We’re a PG company. We’re role models. We’re strong, empowering women. I’m sure there’s a little girl out there that’s prancing around in a tutu somewhere—I can show her she can be tough as well.

Why she got into wrestling instead of acting or other sports:

It was because I felt like I was kind of at home. [Wrestling] was something that me and my family always got together and bonded over, so when the opportunity came, I was like, ‘That’s what I should be doing.’ If any other opportunity like acting comes along, that’s great, but as soon as I saw this opportunity, I was like, ‘That’s what I’m meant to do.’ All of my cheerleading and gymnastics and bodybuilding and training prep have prepared me for what I truly believe in my heart was this.

Who does she try to model her career after?

Trish Stratus for sure. I really liked watching her. Me and my family loved the Hardyz and Lita. I tried to have a little bit of snappiness to my moves like Lita did, but mostly, I really liked watching Rey and how he moved because of his size. I knew if I ever wanted to do this, I was probably not going to be the tallest gal or the biggest one in the ring. I really looked up to Trish because she was also a smaller framed girl. I believe my size actually helps me because I like to go for the element of surprise [Laughs] where people don’t expect much of me because of my size and stature. I like to shock people as well with the over-the-top personality.